Edited by Patrick McDonnell & Peter Maresca. Sunday Press, July 2010. The further in years (and now a century!) that we get away from the early newspaper comics, the more they look like fine art prints. Like Hiroshige with his woodblocks, and Toulouse-Lautrec with his lithographs, these early cartoonists were masters of their craft. In this Krazy Kat collection we can truly see the beauty of Herriman's penline, the mastery of his drawing, the powerful impact of his design, and his brave use of colour.
The Sunday comic page is where the daily strip artist gets to play. Herriman used this additional space as a place to improvise and explore. The early Herriman Sundays are in black and white and are filled with intricate details, more elaborate penwork, and long, involved stories. In 1935, colour was introduced. In response, Herriman surprised us with art that became bolder, more sculptural, and with big open spaces. The blacks became heavier, the layouts more graphic, and the stories sparser (going from sonnets to haikus). Each decade of Krazy Kats has its own feeling and look, and is impressive in its own way. Collected here are, in my opinion, the best of the best.
A simply stunning collection printed at full size for the very first time since publication. A book all serious fans of comics and newspaper strips will love to have on their bookshelves. Krazy Kat, Ignatz Mouse and Officer Pupp, "pow" "zip" unrequited love and more brick hurling than you thought possible!